Anniston First United Methodist Church flute ensemble

Members of the Anniston First United Methodist Church flute ensemble include (left to right) Laura Fuller, Dee Anne McDade, April LaFollette, Lauren Reaves and Kyra Fuller.

It takes a village to raise a child, Hillary Clinton claimed. By the same token, it takes a community to stage a production — if that production is to be raised correctly and complete when the test really comes.

Some deserving people in this community will take a bow for their hard work for CAST community theater on Tuesday evening at the 12th annual Randy Awards. The program, based on the format of the Tony Awards, will be at Anniston’s First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. The event also includes a meal. Admittance is $10 per person. For reservations, email Michelle Bain at today or tomorrow and pay at the door.

Emcee for the evening will be Stephonn Ammons. Trophies will be presented to individuals and ensembles involved in CAST’s seven shows during 2016-17. This year, six of the awards will go to youth actors.

The Randy Awards, named in honor of the late Randy Hall, founder of CAST, are given to volunteers voted tops in acting, choreography, kids’ and teens’ performances, dancers and individuals who worked sound and lights, painted, searched for props, sewed, built sets and more.

Hall was a playwright and arts writer for The Anniston Star. At least eight of his plays, which included comedies and dramas, were produced in this area; some have been presented around the country.

Flute ensemble gives free concert Wednesday

The “Noonday Notations” concert series at Anniston’s First United Methodist Church weaves together familiar and lesser-known melodies for a worshipful hour.

This week’s concert, at noon on Wednesday, will be a mix of classical and sacred music by flute ensemble director Laura Fuller and her musicians.

The concert series, which has been presented each Wednesday in July, has been a gift for all who like musical entertainment. This is the final “Notations” concert. Bring your lunch and beverage and enjoy a generous serving of music by congregants of FUMC.

The program will feature:

The flute quartet’s jubilant “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” from German composer George Frederick Handel’s large-scale British composition “Solomon,” which is based on the account from 1 Kings in the Bible. In Act 3 of “Solomon,” which was written for solos, choruses and instruments, a state visit from the queen to King Solomon’s kingdom propels the energy of the piece. The king’s people respond with festive entertainment. “Arrival,” written in 1749, was played at the London Olympics in 2012.

“Morning Has Broken” by the flute choir, a well-known Gaelic Christian hymn first published in 1931 that is literally given a breath of fresh air by the flutists’ treatment.

Flute Trio in F major by French composer and flute virtuoso Francois Devienne. His flute compositions, concertos and chamber works enjoyed great popularity.

“Dawn of Peace” by Mark Pope, a gentle, meditative composition. “It is beautifully written,” said Fuller.

Fuller’s two solos will be Sonata for Flute and Piano by French composer Frances Poulenc, with Kathy Murphy at the piano, and “Earth for Flute and Piano” by Japanese film composer Takatsugu Muramatsu. It is soulful, fast-moving and joyful.

Poulenc’s works have a personal quality that is unmistakable, according to the Harvard Dictionary of Music. In his music, you sense a constant wavering between sophistication and simplicity.

His Sonata for Flute and Piano was dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, a pianist and promoter of chamber music.

Hervey Folsom writes about the local arts scene every Sunday. Contact her at